Centralized IT Assets for Global consumption, with Group Asset Framework
- Published: 16 August 2013
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Organizations with operations and subsidiaries spread across multiple geographies are continuously dealing with individual silos of IT assets. There is duplication & non-standardization across hardware, network equipment, custom enterprise applications, services, middleware, and other IT assets which in-turn increases operations and maintenance cost and reduces the speed with which you can take new initiatives to market. Also, most of these assets remain under-utilized and some gradually become redundant, but are retained, adding to the overhead costs.
Torry Harris has built a shared IT asset model called the Group Asset Framework, based on practical experiences on the ground, which helps organizations create a shared environment to increase utilization and reduce redundant IT assets. This will be achieved by consolidating the existing hardware infrastructure, software and applications and applying multi-tenancy to enterprise IT assets. This approach is built on the foundation of private cloud, but leverages the business model of a public cloud to unify capacity and provide better ROI for your IT. Torry Harris also uses its SaaS-enablement framework to convert monolithic applications into shareable single-instance applications that support multi-tenancy, thereby reducing redundancy of similar applications across the group.
Some of the Salient features of the Group Asset Framework are:
- Applications (on-premise SaaS), Platform (on-premise PaaS) and IaaS
- Asset Federation model to re-use existing investments (hardware, services and applications)
- Metered utilization that can be cross-charged to different countries via cost centers
- Improved ratio of IT assets maintained in-house vs. at group-level
Few benefits of Group Asset Framework are:
- Consolidation of IT assets reducing redundancy across maintenance, operations, infrastructure and licenses
- Provisioning for new operation units cost-effectively and making on-boarding simple
- Huge cost savings in the long run at the group level due to sharing and leveraging of public cloud services
- Business agility due to on-demand resources (infrastructure, platform and applications)
- Making IT agile by leveraging cloud models of elasticity and availability
- Better monitoring and metering of IT assets with a single management portal
While the ideal state scenario is depicted in the diagram above, many organizations that THBS works with today are in different stages of evolution towards the ideal end-state. The framework gives a speedy start towards the end state and helps enterprises to continuously better their consolidation & rationalization initiative.